Watch out for wildlife

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A joint initiative of Hobart Airport and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

Meet Wendy the Wallaby and her joey, Walter.

They're here to share some tips on how you can reduce the risk of colliding with our wildlife buddies, and keep you and your family safe.

If Walter and I are on the road...

Never swerve to avoid us -- stay in your lane and slow down.

We can be quick to move and change direction, and swerving puts your life in danger.

Don't throw food out of your car.

Human food and waste attracts us and our other animal friends.

We can't always tell the difference between what is for us, and what is for you - so keep it in the car to keep us off the road.

Be aware of wildlife hotspots.

Existing roadkill and roadsigns depicting wildlife indicate areas where you might encounter wildlife on the road.

In these areas take extra care and slow down to ensure you are able to control your car.

Did you know?

Roadkill attracts scavengers like Tasmanian devils and wedge tailed eagles who are after an easy meal.

If it's safe to do so, you should move it well off the road so they don't become roadkill themselves.

When driving... #watchoutforwildlife

In Tasmania, hundreds of thousands of native animals are killed my motor vehicles each year, making the state's roads deadlier for wildlife per capita than anywhere else in the world.

Generally speaking, these animals are brushtail possums, pademelons and wallabies that might be crossing the road or feeding on the lush, green roadside grass.

Road traffic is also a problem for carnivorous animals such as quolls, wedge tailed eagles and Tasmanian devils that come to the roads to feed on the roadkill left behind.

Collisions with wildlife could also post a serious safety risk to vehicle occupants.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Hobart Airport are calling for everyone - visitors and locals alike - to #watchoutforwildlife and make our roads safer for all.

If you find an injured / orphaned wildlife

If you find injured or orphaned wildlife, call 0447 264 625 any time of the day or night.

About the partners

Hobart Airport

Tasmania, affectionately referred to as the ‘Apple Isle’, is a heart shaped island that Lonely Planet considers one of the most desirable places on earth. It’s a place of natural rugged scenery, a place where Tasmanian Devils roam and peaks beg to be climbed. It’s also a cultured community where fresh produce is only one market away and the city streets are adorned with hidden galleries and bars.

With its picturesque approach Hobart Airport provides an idyllic first impression for visitors, with the convenience of being only 15 minutes’ drive to the city centre. Over 60% of travellers come through Hobart, making us the largest and busiest access point to Tasmania.

From when Joseph Fossey first laid eyes on a cradle-shaped landmass in 1827 to the rise of David Walsh’s visionary and game-changing MONA in 2011, Tasmania is an endless tale of discovery, invention and creation and we want our airport to be part of Tasmania’s ever-evolving story.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong is a social enterprise – a little business with a biiiiiig heart. We run a successful tourism enterprise which provides eco-education and experiences for each guest.

Our skills and the funds generated through the Sanctuary allow us to proactively address problems in our surrounding environment and communities. Part of our mission is to facilitate community solutions to community problems.

Bonorong is an open house and we try to provide pathways for all Tasmanians to become involved in conserving our unique natural heritage. At the heart of this is a belief that in the same way an individual can devote their existence to doing good, so too can a business.